By Dhel Nazario
Eighteen restaurants and business establishments in Paranaque City reportedly owned or managed by Chinese nationals were ordered closed for operating without necessary permits and for violating several city ordinances.
Parañaque City’s chief of business permits and licensing office Atty. Melanie Soriano-Malaya also disclosed that most of the restaurants are located in Barangays Tambo and Baclaran, 100-meter from world class hotels and casinos at the Entertainment City in Coastal Road.
Ordered padlocked were Wu Pinna Restaurant, registered under the name of Roberto Ho; Tuixianglo Restaurant, registered to Domingo Palmaria; Sunshine Mart, also under the name of Palmaria; All Thing Supermarket, registered to Robert Ong; and Juzi Mart, named to Vicky Tercenio.
The establishments were all located in Barangay Baclaran, operating without mayor’s and business permits and violating city ordinance on sanitary and environment laws.
Also padlocked were Shabu-Shabu Restaurant, under the name of Jin Yuan Ji; Chinli Eatery, named to Timoteo de ver Lajara; Shaxian Food Pub, registered to Maryjame Tangan; Cravemouth, of Marvin Yabut; Abner and Angels Food House, operated by Abner Maestrado; Dao Dao Chinese Restaurant; Chinli Eatery, both with no names of operators.
The establishments are located in Barangay Tambo.
Yaki Yaki Homemade Dish, located in Barangay Sto. Nino, was also padlocked.
Soriano-Malaya said the restaurants also violated a city ordinance which requires business establishments to have their signages and menus in foreign languages accompanied by translation in alphanumeric characters that are readable by the public.
She said the crackdown on erring establishments was ordered by Mayor Edwin Olivarez amid reports that Chinese businesses have proliferated in the city with signages and menus written only in Chinese characters, and catering exclusively to Chinese tourists.
City hall officials learned that majority of the Chinese owned restaurants were using Filipino dummies and were being protected by some groups in these barangays for them to operate illegally.
Soriano-Malaya added that city hall started to inspect and tax map the establishments run by foreigners last April, and gave them enough time to comply, but they failed to settle their respective tax liabilities.